Chicago Area Business Aviation Association

CABAA is a grassroots organization formed by business aviation professionals for the purpose of offering our members relevant information, training, and networking experiences to enhance the quality and quantity of business aviation operations in the Chicagoland area.

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“We’re finally getting somewhere!” celebrated Laura Everington, a 30-year veteran of international trip support services at Universal Weather and Aviation. “With the help of Eric Rodriguez at CBP in Houston and other industry professionals, we have made notable progress in identifying and solving some of the major issues we have been facing as international business aviation operators.”

Game Changers:

  1. GA Operator Guide: In the works for the last two years and expected to be published by the end of 2018, this document (now being vetted by CBP General Counsel) will confirm specific requirements for international ops and will serve as the “gospel” for citing current rules.  Both the operators and CBP will possess a copy of this document and will be able to reference it to verify required procedures.
  2. CBP National Team: CBP will provide names and contract information for area points of contact who will serve as GA subject matter experts to assist operators.
  3. CBP Reimbursable Program: Already in place in some locations, this program allows operators to access CBP “after hours” by paying the corresponding overtime.  There are current efforts in place to extend this option to Shannon. According to Everington, “CBP welcomes the overtime opportunity, so don’t hesitate to ask for it.”

Everington credited the CBP working group, headed by Eric Rodriguez and Dianna Sullivan, comprised of Universal Weather and Aviation, NBAA, AOPA, and NATA as having notable impact on changes such as the new boarder over-flight exemption rules. “You no longer need a passenger list and identified airport; however, we need to step it up on our eAPIS data quality. We have had a 9-year grace period and CBP is starting to penalize operators if details such as middle names are present on the passport but not in the eAPIS data.  CBP is enforcing data quality compliance.”

Finally, Everington encouraged all operators to partake in the Visa Waiver Program, “even if you think you will never have to use it” she urged, “there is a zero-tolerance policy on this and you don’t want to experience the embarrassment and inconvenience of needing to wait at the airport for a flight to send a passenger back home.”

A Call to Remember the Purpose and Importance of CBP

All foreign origin aircraft are required to land at an airport that is approved for international garbage handling and that is under a USDA compliance agreement. For agriculture compliance inspections, the following airports in the Chicago area ORD, MDW, PWK, UGN, DPA, PIA, DEC, GYY, RFD, MLI and SBN can accommodate your aircraft inbound.

“We’re the guardians of our nation’s borders,” stated Mariola Krosniak, who has been with CBP in Chicago for over 13 years.  “If you enjoy safe to eat food at good prices here in the United States, it is because we work hard to prevent diseases from infecting plant and animal products as well as wild life and fisheries in our country.” Krosniak referenced a variety of items CBP has stopped from entering our borders, “My favorite was the Barbequed Monkey being brought in for a wedding here in Chicago,” she shared.  “Be careful what you eat at weddings.”

Katy Glynn is Vice President of JetLease Palm Beach and JetLease Unmanned, the Chairman of the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association’s Communications Committee ( and a regular contributor to CABAA web content. Contact her at

May 5, 2018 (Chicago) The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) is pleased to host an International Operations Hot Topics event Friday, May 18 at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oak Brook, IL. The half-day conference offers presentations on topics from upcoming pre-clearance regulations and seasonal restriction hotspots to a host of mandates affecting international operations within the next two years.

The event includes a networking luncheon to provide our members and attendees the opportunity to discuss best practices with local peers.

In addition to first-time CABAA speakers from Customs and Border Patrol, Signum Aviation, and Rockwell Collins | AIRINCDirect, Laura Everington from Universal Weather and Aviation will return to update us on border overflight exemptions and CBP compliance. CBP compliance remains one of Business Aviation Insider’s “Top 4 International Issues for Business Aviation”, so we’re very pleased to bring timely and topical discussions directly to our members at the event May 18.

There have been regular member requests for an International Operations follow-up since CABAA’s last similar luncheon a few years ago, and we expect a great turnout for this year’s Hot Topics event.

For a full event schedule and to register, please go to:

Detail Dawgs Second AMC Report

Both teams have a lot to be proud of this year.  They represented our School and sponsor well as several judges commented to me about the professionalism demonstrated during the competition and how they are the type of individuals we are looking to enter into our profession.  As of mid-morning on Wednesday we all had high hopes that we would be winning at least two events (Magneto Timing and Wheel and Brake removal and replacement). Unfortunately, our first place in both of these events did not hold.  The following are some pictures of those two events.













This the final steps of installing the wheel assembly.











Zac has finished the timing and is almost complete on the reassembly.













Zac and Mike installing the magneto and timing the engine

So with these two events we were under 30 seconds off the lead time. Feras also placed second in the oil analysis event.  Feras had a time that only 20 seconds slower than the lead.












Feras performing the Oil Analysis event.

Both teams worked very well together during the entire competition. Between events they shared things they learned about the events and helped prepare each other for up-coming events.

I have the final scores for each event and did a comparison with last year’s results.  Both teams were able to beat the total time from last year.  Teams 1 which had two members that competed last year, one member that attended the competition last year and two members that had not been to the competition before.  Team two was made of all first time competitors that were in the second semester. Last year our team needed to improve the overall time by 274.1 minutes.  Each team was able to improve the overall time by almost 200 minutes. Last year the team beat the average time on 7 events; this year team 1 beat the average time on 18 events and team 2 beat the average time on 12 events.  The overall improvements has made all the team members looking forward to next year.















The Team.

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